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"Success Isn’t Only for the Extroverts"

November 1, 2009I learned a lot about how to thrive in a corporate environment from my days on Wall Street. And then I left to radically change my life and my career. Now, as a business communication coach, I have fun helping the Garbos I coach go from cubicle to corner office.

Interview and Get the Job

November 30, 2009Imagine this. You’re about to go on the business equivalent of a blind date. After all, the initial connection you establish with the hiring manager on a job interview is likely to determine whether you’ll spend more waking hours in each other’s orbit than with your loved ones in the
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Fearless Presenting for Introverts

October 8, 2010Would you like to give presentations with the ease of chatting with friends in your living room? If so, check out “Presentation Tips for Introverts,” a story I just wrote for business technology author Patrice-Ann Rutledge‘s blog. You’ll find answers to these questions: What’s the best way to manage your
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Introverts as Effective Leaders

December 7, 2010I recently shared a story in a Harvard Business School newsletter about new research that takes a fresh look at introverts and extroverts as leaders. Also check out this CNN story, “Why Introverts Can Be Great Leaders,” by Eliza Ridgeway, for a tidy summary of the findings.

Conquering the Introvert-Extrovert Communication Gap, Part 1

December 21, 2010Getting a word in edgewise at a meeting with extroverts* can be daunting for introverts. Listening carefully without interjecting can be a stretch for extroverts. Yet we all need to do some talking and some listening to work together productively. How do we strike the right balance?

How to Earn What You Deserve

February 20, 2011Do you earn less than you deserve? “Underearners Anonymous applies 12 steps for those addicted to paltry paychecks, preaching action and acceptance of a higher power,” according to Ron Dicker in his WalletPop column for AOL.

Secrets to Quiet Leadership

March 17, 2011In her recent Washington Post article, “Career Coach: Tips for Introverts Who Aspire to Leadership Positions,” Joyce E. A. Russell, Ph.D., dispels misconceptions about introverts and offers concrete guidance to help you get ahead.

Golden Retrievers in Business Suits – LOL

February 7, 2012Keith Ferrazzi had me laughing out loud in a plug he did today for my recent interview with Tahl Raz, co-author of his bestseller, Never Eat Alone: “So many people (and introverts are especially guilty of this), assume that you have to be like a Golden Retriever in a business suit to expand your circle and get noticed.”

Not So Scary Public Speaking

March 27, 2012In his “Talking Points” article for Entrepreneur magazine, Ross McCammon (better known as "the Esquire guy") shares heaps about "How can you go from 'public speaking isn't my thing' to full-fledged confidence." I’m interviewed in the article.

Presenting Your Best Self to an Audience

December 29, 2012One of the most important career-building and leadership skills you can learn is to speak effectively to an audience. I dedicated a chapter of my book, Self-Promotion for Introverts®, to this topic, based on work with my coaching clients over more than a decade as well as continuing education students in my Presentation
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Remind Yourself You’re the Real Deal

October 1, 2013Check out “The I’m a Fraud Freakout” in O, the Oprah Magazine which begins: “As you go about your daily life—giving presentations, attending meetings, raising children – are you secretly afraid everyone’s about to find out you have no idea what you’re doing?” Kudos to Arianna Davis on this highly practical story
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Insights on Your Inbox: 1-Word E-mails from Your Boss

March 14, 2014“Many employees labor over emails seeking guidance from the boss, only to receive a cryptic reply such as ‘Great!’ or ‘Sounds good’—or no answer at all. The result: Confusion and frustration,” according to Sue Shellenbarger in her article, “Email Enigma: When the Boss’s Reply Is Cryptic,” in The Wall Street
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Improve Your Workplace With the Tools of Improvised Theater

Some dangers aren’t really dangerous–not to life and limb, anyhow. Take improvisation, which you actually do every day. Your boss is late to a crucial meeting that you know nothing about and asks you to facilitate. Your computer freezes while you’re under deadline. A hiring manager for your dream job asks you an outrageous question on an interview. (more…)

Engage Your Audiences by Telling Stories

Nancy Goldman, Ed.D., used with permission

There’s nothing like a good story to bring a message to life. Whether you’re giving a presentation, interviewing for a job, or introducing yourself at a social event, having a few stories up your sleeve facilitates meaningful connections. This is especially true if you’re an introvert who prefers to compose thoughts before sharing them.

Following up on my last exchange about storytelling for introverts, with Barbara Ganley and Alan Levine, I now welcome the thoughts of another master storyteller, Nancy Goldman, Ed.D., a colleague of mine at New York University. Goldman helps her students and clients access their leadership abilities through storytelling, creative thinking, and humor. (more…)

Your Time-Energy Balance as an Introvert

Do back-to-back meetings, conferences, and crowded, noisy networking events drain your energy? How can you maintain your balance if you’re an introvert? David Hall has the answers in his new book, Minding Your Time: Time Management, Productivity, and Success, Especially for Introverts. In my interview with him below, he shares time management techniques geared for introverts. (more…)

Successful Teamwork for Introverts and Extroverts

How can you lead a team to perform better amid multiple distractions? New York Times bestselling authors Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton answer that question in their soon-to-be-released book, The Best Team Wins: The New Science of High Performance (February 2018). The authors’ found that employees are spending exponentially more time in teams. Yet, how effective are those teams? (more…)

The Collaborative Art of Public Speaking

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Imagine this: You have just accepted an invitation to speak to an esteemed audience on a topic that excites you, so you feel honored. But soon enough, the reality of actually having to prepare for your presentation sinks in. Plus, your schedule is already packed, and adding one more plate to spin sounds daunting.    (more…)

Window into an Introvert’s World

Jenn Granneman is the author of the latest entrant into the burgeoning field of popular introvert literature. Her book, The Secret Lives of Introverts, is autobiographical, relatable, and filled with strategies to help introverts accept and even embrace their differences with the mainstream. I interviewed Granneman to learn more. (more…)

Laser Listening: Paying Attention from Inside Out – Part 3

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In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, Adam S. McHugh, author of The Listening Life(as well as Introverts in the Church), shares important insights for transforming how you listen – both to others as well as yourself. In this final part of the series, McHugh lays out his thoughts on challenges and opportunities for introverts as listeners. (more…)

Laser Listening: Paying Attention from Inside Out – Part 2

In the first part of this three-part series, Adam S. McHugh, author of The Listening Life (as well as Introverts in the Church), differentiates between the external attention you typically offer others (e.ghttps://selfpromotionforintroverts.com/odds-and-ends/laser-listening-paying-attention-from-inside-out-part-1/., through eye contact and posture) and the deeper level of inner attention. He also describes the “transformative power of being heard” as well as the inverse relationship between listening and power. Lastly, he highlights the importance of truly stepping into the shoes of others. In this second part, McHugh shares his insights about how to listen deeply to yourself, including a refreshing way to manage your negative self-talk as well as the importance of hearing what your body is trying to tell you. (more…)

Laser Listening: Paying Attention from Inside Out – Part 1

In our fast-paced, non-stop world, distractions abound. Some are external. Some are internal. Even if you think you’re a decent listener, Adam S. McHugh, author of The Listening Life, can show you how to go far beyond the typical complement of eye contact, nods, and uh-huhs to connect at a much deeper level with your conversation partners. Imagine how that would feel for both you and them. Consider how it would strengthen your relationships at work as well as in your personal life. (more…)

Improv Muscle for Introverts

Source: Carl Kissin, used with permission

I’m passionate about improv. It’s one of the most valuable skills I’ve ever learned. Improv has helped me enormously in networking, teaching, public speaking, coaching – really all aspects of my career. Summing it up in two words: Life changing, especially for me as an introvert. (more…)

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